Very interesting observation, Llowell Williams, and one I’ve been writing about off and on for a while. Depending on how you ask the question, by the way, Muslim Americans look even more accepting and evangelical Christians less. In fact, in a recent PRRI study, Muslims Americans look more progressive on LGBTQ issues than mainline Protestant Christians. Those numbers may be skewed a bit, though, by how you define “mainline.”
In any case, I have a lot of progressive Muslim friends because I spent years living in the Detroit area, where Muslims have been putting down roots for generations. I owned a business in the municipality of Hamtramck, which has a majority-Muslim population and city council. So, I have pretty good personal perspective.
I wrote an article not long ago about how my progressive Muslim friends take a lot of abuse, how they’re often told by people on both the right and the left that no “real Muslim” can be progressive. I tried to shatter a few myths and lend some insight into how incredibly diverse the Muslim world is.
I didn’t get very far. While my story got plenty of readership, the responses I got on social media were very discouraging. The flames and vitriol I attracted on Facebook were intense and incendiary. And they didn’t come from right-wing people. My followers and readers almost all describe themselves as liberal or progressive.
LGBTQ, Progressive Muslims, and Fear Mongering
Let’s talk about gay people thrown off roofs
It was really instructive for me to see such a tide of condemnation coming from people who supposedly value diversity and tolerance.
So, thanks for your story. It’s an important one!